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    The Nature’s Gift Shop blog is a valuable resource to keep you informed and up to date on legal developments, medical research, and other stories from the expanding universe of legal marijuana in Colorado and throughout the U.S.

    Marijuana Harvesting Tips Part II: Cutting, Manicuring, Drying, Curing

    Posted by Diane Campbell on Sep 25, 2015 2:13:00 PM

    Our previous blog post discussed the steps you should be taking to get ready for harvest. You may think that at this point, the hard work is done, but how you execute these final stages can still have a big impact on your final product. Here’s what you should know about cutting, manicuring, drying, and curing your plants to get best out of your harvest.

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    Marijuana Harvesting Tips Part I: Countdown to Harvest!

    Posted by Diane Campbell on Sep 21, 2015 12:54:00 PM

     

    When is it time?

    In our previous post, “Outdoor Marijuana Growing – Tips for the Flowering Period,” we discussed the two main parts of the plant that growers watch in order gauge when their crop is ripe: pistils and trichomes. While pistil color is easy for most people to observe with the naked eye, good trichome observation requires magnification. Just how much magnification is necessary to get the information you need is a matter of debate. While some growers claim that 40x is sufficient, others advise a minimum of 60-100x.

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    Topics: growing cannabis

    Take Advantage of Colorado’s Marijuana Tax Holiday September 16!

    Posted by Diane Campbell on Sep 10, 2015 10:49:00 AM

     

    On September 16, Colorado marijuana consumers will get a break from the 10% state tax on recreational sales. The purpose of the marijuana tax holiday is to avoid the necessity of issuing tax refunds in order to comply with the provisions of Colorado’s Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights (TABOR). It is estimated that the tax-free recreational sales day will cost the state approximately $100,000 in revenue. The 15% excise tax paid on transactions from growers to retailers will also be suspended for the day, with an estimated price tag of $3.6 million.

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    Medical Marijuana for Autism

    Posted by Diane Campbell on Sep 3, 2015 9:00:00 AM

    Autism is a growing concern in the United States. Estimates from the Center for Disease Control’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network indicate that 1 in 150 children had autism in 2002; by 2010, the rate had increased to 1 in 68.

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    Topics: medical marijuana

    What Are the Effects of Cannabinol (CBN) in Marijuana?

    Posted by Diane Campbell on Aug 31, 2015 4:20:00 PM

     

    Cannabinol (CBN) does not have the most illustrious reputation among the cannabinoids, largely because CBN is what you get when you let your marijuana get too old, leave it out in the sun and heat, or overcook your edibles. It’s known for making users sleepy without much of a high, so it’s not great for parties. Unlike cannabinoids CBD, CBC, THC, and THCV, which develop directly from their precursor cannabinoid, CBG, a marijuana sample’s CBN level is not determined primarily by the strain involved. Rather, CBN naturally occurs as product of THC exposed to light and heat. 

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    Topics: cannabinoids

    Outdoor Marijuana Growing – Tips for the Flowering Period

    Posted by Diane Campbell on Aug 22, 2015 9:00:00 AM

    It’s that time of year, when the outdoor marijuana plants are beginning to flower in earnest. Here are some tips to get the most out of your plants during this exciting time leading up to harvest.

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    Topics: growing cannabis

    Topical Cannabis Soothes Skin and Muscles

    Posted by Diane Campbell on Aug 19, 2015 10:06:39 AM

    As research into the medical benefits of cannabis expands, it is being embraced as a treatment for quite a few medical conditions – uses that have hundreds, if not thousands, of years of history on their side. Topical cannabis can be used from everything to skin irritation to muscle inflammation. Could it be right for you?

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    Topics: medical marijuana, cannabinoids

    Medical Marijuana Now Comes in a Patch

    Posted by Diane Campbell on Aug 17, 2015 9:23:20 AM


    For medical marijuana patients treating persistent conditions like pain, glaucoma, joint disorders, epilepsy, and PTSD, it can be difficult to maintain a constant level of relief. Smoking or vaping delivers nearly immediate effects, but they are relatively short lived. Edibles provide relief for longer periods, but they can also take an hour or more to kick in, and they deliver somewhat different effects as a result of their trip through the digestive tract. 
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    Topics: medical marijuana, cannabinoids

    Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing – The Dangers of Synthetic Marijuana

    Posted by Diane Campbell on Aug 7, 2015 9:00:00 AM

     

    What is synthetic marijuana?

    Synthetic marijuana (which, despite its name, is NOT marijuana at all) has been making headlines across the nation as emergency room visits for serious reactions to the drug have spiked in recent months. Synthetic marijuana, known by names such as Spice, K2, fake weed, herbal incense, Scooby Snax, and others, consists of plant material that is sprayed with a variety of chemicals that, in some ways, mimic the effects of marijuana. However, the synthetic cannabinoids used in producing these products bind much more strongly to the CB1 and CB2 receptors, which researchers believe accounts for its much more intense and highly dangerous effects.

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    Topics: cannabinoids

    What Is the Endocannabinoid System?

    Posted by Diane Campbell on Aug 3, 2015 10:45:00 AM

    “Until man duplicates a blade of grass, nature can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge. Remedies from chemicals will never stand in favor compared with the products of nature, the living cell of the plant, the final result of the rays of the sun, the mother of all life.” – Thomas Edison [1]

     

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    Topics: medical marijuana, cannabinoids